Differentiation is the name of the game for OTT players

From international players such as Netflix to local platforms including Hotstar, Spuul, Hooq, Eros Now, Ditto TV and Voot amongst several others, the video over-the-top (OTT) market in the country has gotten crowded even before it could take off in a meaningful way even as there are more players, such as Balaji Telefilm’s ALT and Amazon Prime, planning to enter the market soon.

   

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Going Bananas with Tim's Cook

What’s in a name? Ask a news editor and she’d say that she can reel off a dozen headlines with the right name, say Carpenter, or Taylor, or Cook, for that matter.

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to India triggered a flurry of playful and punny headlines. Here are some:

# “What’s cooking with Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to India?” in The Hindustan Times,

   

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India-Mauritius tax treaty: Will investors redraw investment routes?

After several years of negotiations, the double taxation treaty between India and Mauritius has now been amended through a protocol signed between the two countries. This has ushered in a significant shift in the tax treatment for investments from Mauritius into India.

   

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Valuations may be theoretical, markdowns are not

There is very little science or math behind valuation of private companies. It is just a reflection of sentiment about supply and demand. Sentiment always tends to get ahead of reality but eventually reality catches up, and the bubble bursts.

When a company doesn’t have a differentiated position, it is difficult for it to grow. Amazon has a differentiated position it in India and Flipkart doesn’t. Discounting isn't a differentiator. How much will you discount and sell?

   

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Proposed norms for P2P lending: A setback for cash-poor but promising startups?

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

-Albert Einstein

   

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Are Indian banks ready for analytics?

When I started my career in banking in the 1980’s, banking was often referred to as the 3-6-3 business in the US, as bankers would borrow funds at 3% from the depositor, lend the money at 6% and were off to the golf course by 3 o’clock. Today, technology has revolutionised banking, enabling customers to manage their dealings with banks, i.e., what was once Customer Relationship Management (CRM) has now become Customer Managed Relationship (CMR).

   

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Stamp duty: Achilles' heel of M&A deals

Any M&A activity in India has to find its way through an intricate maze of regulatory complexities. Stamp duty is one of the major compliance formalities that make successful commercial closures of M&A deals a nightmarish challenge for M&A lawyers and investment bankers.

Things only get worse in the case of listed entities. It’s high time the government rationalised stamp duty provisions. Ease of doing business should be a priority even for deals happening on the home turf. It shouldn't be reduced to a 'showcase initiative' to lure overseas players alone.

   

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FDI norms in e-marketplace: Protecting offline retailers

Shell companies are likely to come up soon, making a mockery of the 25 per cent cap.

Shell companies are likely to come up soon, making a mockery of the 25 per cent cap.

   

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The curious case of Flipkart's valuation

A counter-intuitive take on the brouhaha over Flipkart's declining value.

A counter-intuitive take on the brouhaha over Flipkart's declining value.

   

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How to survive and scale in hyperlocal e-commerce

Mom-and-pop shops are key to solving the mystery.

Mom-and-pop shops are key to solving the mystery.

   

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